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“Shelter Island Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Dockside Yacht Lodging
2071 Shelter Island Marina, San Diego, CA 92106   |  
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Ranked #3 of 42 San Diego B&B and Inns
Reston, Virginia
2 reviews
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“Shelter Island Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

When travelling we try to make our accommodations part of the experience. This usually means trying a new B&B, but while browsing TripAdvisor I stumbled across the reviews for Dockside Yacht Lodging. Three romantic nights sipping a glass of Makers Mark on the deck of a sailboat while watching the full moon rise over the bay? We were hooked! We booked three nights on the Narnie O'Shea and loved every relaxing, idyllic minute. Shelter Island is a bit of Paradise, secluded and quiet but close to everything San Diego has to offer; Historic Old Town, Balboa Park, and the U.S.S. Midway are just minutes away. The marina itself is a gated floating community; the residents are very friendly and laidback and we felt very welcome. Callum is a very likeable host, he lives close by if you need any assistance, and he goes out of his way to make sure your stay is pleasant. Outside the marina, there is a path that meanders along the shoreline with a nice fishing pier and beach area, great for long walks and carrier watching on Coronado Island on the opposite side of the bay. At night you can light fires in the fire pits on the beach and listen to the concerts at Humprey's. The Narnie O'Shea slept the two of us very comfortably -- three nights of deep peaceful slumber, lulled to sleep by the sound of the water with a cool fresh breeze coming through the open hatches. The pillows were amazing! The two smaller bedrooms are tiny, as are the bathrooms. (If anyone in your party is taller than 5'10" or so you might be more comfortable on the Pura Vida.) My husband is 6'2" and the shower was a tight fit. However, you do have full marina privileges with access to a very clean showers and restrooms as an alternative. The island has a nice variety of restaurants and there is a Ralphs close by for those who want to stock up the fridge in the galley -- but the Best Western has a good restaurant and offers room service to marina residents so you can have a nice breakfast delivered to your slip if you don't feel like cooking. All in all it was a truly lovely experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. You will find it is simply impossible not to be relaxed on a boat. A definite five stars for anyone looking for a romantic or adventurous alternative to the four walls of a hotel room.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Want to get away and feel like loyalty without the expense? Book your stay on the Pura Vida. The accommodations are first class. The location peaceful yet accessible to anything you may need. Chalium was a wonderful host. He is an extraordinary young man with a vision of the perfect alternative to a hotel stay. He has equipped the yacht with anything you may need. The beds were incredibly inviting and comfortable. The kitchen had items that we needed to make breakfast and snacks. The adjacent hotel has a restaurant with yummy food to eat in or take out and enjoy on the aft deck. What is more relaxing than a glass of wine with ones you love on the back of a yacht watching the sun set? I highly recommend this lodging alternative.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

When looking at hotels in San Diego I searched extensively trying to find something that would offer my vision of vacation at the ocean. You know when you envision vacationing in Hawaii thoughts are of a beachfront villa with a lanai opening right on to a private beach. The vision doesn't usually involve a standard little boxy hotel room with, possibly, a view of some water out a window that doesn't open.
Dockside Yacht Lodging offers the ability to vacation in a way you might have only dreamed of. It's really such a unique experience, but also includes a peaceful, private and comfortable stay, great amenities, convenient location, and unbeatable views.
I have to say there are a few things I did not consider before booking our stay. The main thing I did not consider until after we arrived was the potential for noise. I've never "lived" on a boat before. Does sound travel across the water from all the surrounding boats, the hotels, the homes? Will it end up feeling, and sounding, like I'm staying at a truck-stop (yacht-stop)? Thankfully this was a concern I never had to regret not thinking of in advance. It was unbelievable how quiet and clam everything was then entire week we were there (including a holiday weekend).
The marina is private, so you receive a passkey when you arrive. We left the door and windows open round the clock and never felt the least bit of unease with regard to privacy or safety. The beds are very comfortable, toilets are easy to use (not involving manually pumping water into the bowl like some older boats), the kitchen is very handy and well equipped, and there is plenty of space to relax inside and outside while on the boat.
As other reviewers have mentioned, Chaluim was always available and more than helpful. He has wisely worked with nearby businesses like the Best Western and Sail San Diego in order to make sure guests have more amenities as well as ensuring other locals can benefit from increased tourism. I know we took advantage of a sunset sail and we also had breakfast and several lunches at the Best Western during our stay (I don't think it's possible to find better french fries and the staff was always extremely friendly and helpful).
Keep in mind it is a boat. You don't have walk-in closets or roomy showers with high water pressure. But if you're open to a unique vacation this is experience would be tough to beat. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas, United States
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The owner Callum and family are amazing. They made us feel incredibly welcome and talked us through all we needed to know along with some great advise for the area, all from the wonderful location sat on board the very comfortable deck. What an amazing place to stay and a superb idea. Callum also rents out kayaks and paddle boats and put us in touch with sail San Diego, Callum's Mum talked with us for ages turns out we were all originally from the uk, and the talented sister also made some beautiful boat themed bracelets
. We had a brilliant time, the boats are incredible, pristine, delightfully decorated to a 5star standard , we stayed on the near is o Shea, and enjoyed meals and drinks in the beautiful San Diego Summer on the deck. The on board kitchen and showe, bathrooms were great and the beds memory foam amazingly comfortable. We'll be back! Thank Callam and family!,

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Who can afford a 45ft sailboat - I can't - but I had an opportunity to stay on one for a whole week. It was awesome! If you want something different - this is the thing to do. It is centrally located so it's close to beaches & downtown. We had a great time and the owner, Chaluim, was always available if needed. Having the hotel right there was convenient as we used their pool & jacuzzi. All in all we had a blast!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

We recently stayed aboard the Narnie O'Shea for two fantastic nights. We simply cannot rave enough about what a wonderful time it was, and what a terrifically hospitable host Chaluim is.
We look forward to returning!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed on the Pura Vida. It was incredible, all the amenities you could want and more. There was nothing better than to wake up and enjoy your coffee on the back deck taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean and the rigging. Sleeping on the temper pedic was heaven and there were no neighbors or bar noises. The marina is very calm, the boat didn't move. Cal was a fantastic host, never too far away and always ensuring we had all the accommodations we needed. We enjoyed the kayaks, the hotel pool/spa, fishing, and bikes are available too. Can't wait to book again with friends.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 2071 Shelter Island Marina, San Diego, CA 92106
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dockside Yacht Lodging is a unique alternative to hotel accommodations in San Diego, CA. We provide a range of luxurious, yet affordable yachts that are equipped with all the amenities one would find in a hotel. Located on, our yachts are just five minutes from the airport and conveniently located near many acclaimed downtown restaurants and shopping centers. ... more   less 
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